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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development and Project Management


  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México-UAEM
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM

Potential student research areas

  • Biodiversity inventories in fragments besides agroecosystems
  • Forest management plans
  • Bats living in houses near of banana plantations
  • Support to communities sustainable development projects
  • Plant biodiversity: natural regeneration vs. reforestation programs


Leslie has lived in Costa Rica for five years.  She worked with the Organization of Tropical Studies as Director’s Assistant of La Selva Biological Station.  Then, in 2008 she was in charge of the Nature and Community Project of Chiquita Brands Int., which is an initiative of Corporate Responsibility and involves conservation, education, community development and sustainability.  Since March 2011, she has been in charge of Chiquita Nature and Community Foundation in Costa Rica, and her responsibilities are fundraising, alliance, and proposals.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Conor Sexton Going into college, I never would have expected to study abroad in Costa Rica, since I am a dedicated French student. But I started studying Spanish when I heard about the ACM Costa Rica spring program, motivated by the opportunity to conduct independent research in my field. In Costa Rica, I was able to combine my passion for coffee, environmental studies, and economics to create a unique and enriching field experience, with steady guidance from my advisor and the ACM curriculum. And beyond academics, I feel lucky to have formed strong relationships with my host families and new friends, and to have adventured around in a breathtaking country for three months.

—Conor Sexton, Costa Rica, Spring 2014

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